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Sunday 22 October 2017

Stately home and shopping centre among trophies

Fionnan Sheahan and Eilish O'Regan

A STATELY home, a shopping centre and a collection of classic cars are among Dr James Reilly's assets.

Married with five children, he owns the former family farm on 86 acres in Baldrummond in Lusk, north county Dublin, but lives in a house in nearby Rush.

The family also lives in a stately home outside Moneygall, Co Offaly -- the ancestral village of US President Barack Obama.

Loughton House is listed in the name of Dr Reilly's wife, Dorothy, but the minister declared the 150 acres of farming and woodland at the house in the TDs' Register of Interests.

Dr Reilly is the son of two doctors who had a thriving practice and were active in medical politics with the Irish Medical Union, the forerunner of the Irish Medical Organisation.

After studying medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons, he inherited the practice.

The medic, who practised for 25 years before becoming Health Minister, has two surgeries, one in Lusk and one in Donabate.

He was one of the earliest GPs to invest in state-of-the-art premises.

Dr Reilly is the landlord of Lusk Town Centre in north county Dublin, where his medical practice is located, and the multi-million euro investment houses a surgery, treatment room, offices, pharmacy, supermarket, bookmakers, barbers, restaurant and apartments. The surgery employs 12 GPs.

Aside from these, there are three sites for townhouses and a vacant floor in the centre.

Since becoming Health Minister last year, he has not been in receipt of any income from state schemes, such as the medical card, from his large medial practice in Lusk.

To avoid a conflict of interest arising, he got another doctor to take over the practice while he is in Government. He also holds a directorship in Lusk Property Investments Ltd.

Dr Reilly also has land in Meath, a half-acre site at Stamullen, Dublin; a derelict ruin on a quarter acre in Balrothery, Co Dublin; a one-third share of an undeveloped commercial site of 1.3 acres at Swords; and a holiday home in Doonbeg, Co Clare.

He is understood to own a collection of classic cars.

But Dr Reilly's quarter share in Green Hills Nursing Home in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary has resulted in his listing in a respected debt defaulters' magazine.

Dr Reilly transferred his interest in the nursing home to a blind trust -- a trust looked after by executors. He did it on the advice of the state ethics watchdog, the Standards in Public Office Commission.

Irish Independent

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